The pregnancy test is positive - Now what? The first question most women have is - What is the baby's expected delivery date? If the mother knows the day she started her last menstrual period (LMP), then figuring out the due date will be relatively easy. There are numerous ways to figure out the baby's due date before seeing a doctor. We know it can be nearly impossible to wait for the appointment! It is very important to schedule an appointment with a doctor. They will check to make sure the egg has attached in the uterus rather than the fallopian tubes. An ectopic pregnancy is when the egg attaches in the fallopian tubes and it is very dangerous for the mother. An ectopic pregnancy will give a positive result on an at home test and early on it may show the same side effects as a normal pregnancy. Once the doctor has checked to make sure everything is on track, we can start mentally preparing for the upcoming months.
The next big question expecting moms have is - What is my baby's gender? We typically find out the baby's gender at the 18-20 week ultrasound. Really though, who has that much patience? Okay truthfully, there are tons of parents out there who like the surprise of finding out the gender when the baby is born. BUT - We know the urging feeling moms have to know the gender of the little one inside their belly ASAP. We want to paint the nursery, buy gender specific clothes and choose a fitting name. If patience is not an option, or if the boredom is already setting in, we have put together a fun list of ways to calculate the baby's due date and gender!
15 There's An App For That
In 2017 it feels like there is an app to solve all our problems and answer our questions. Need a Lyft, a cooking recipe, or even a date? There's an app for that! It's no surprise that there is a variety of apps for pregnant women to choose from. We can find apps for anything from due date calculators to fun fitness exercises tailored especially for the moms-to-be.
BabymedLLC created a free app called Pregnancy Due Date & Fertility Calculator Tools. This app was created by ObGyn Dr. Amos Grunebaum. If we are already pregnant, all we have to do is enter the date of our last period. The app will immediately calculate the baby's due date. If we are trying to get pregnant, we simply track the last period cycle and the app will create a calendar with red, yellow and green traffic light colors to let us know when the most fertile days are. But that's not all - This app will also tell us which days are more likely to conceive a boy or a girl!
14 Aunt Flow’s Last Visit
Calculating the baby's due date on our own isn't as hard as it sounds. Some of us feel like we're doing math without a calculator and think - why? For all the mathematicians out there who want to calculate the baby's due date without a fancy app or calculator, here's how it's done.
According to American Pregnancy, we can simply take the first day of the last menstrual period and add 40 weeks. Yep, it’s that easy! The catch here is that we have to know the date we started our last menstrual period (LMP) . If we don't know the exact date we can use an estimated date. In fact, a due date is also known as an estimated delivery date. Only about 1 in 20 babies will be born on their given due date. We can give or take two weeks which means a full term pregnancy can be anywhere from 38-42 weeks.
13 Naegele’s Rule
According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, using Naegele’s Rule to calculate due date can be done in three easy steps. First, determine the first day of the last menstrual period. The next step is to subtract 3 months. Lastly, add 1 year and 7 days and BAM - we have the due date! For example, if the first day of the last menstrual cycle was on January 1, 2017 count back to October 1, 2016. Add one year and seven days to get October 8, 2017 as the due date.
Again, we need to know the first day of our last menstrual cycle. This method was meant to be used with a typical 28 day menstrual cycle. If the menstrual cycle is typical then it’s likely the pregnancy will be as well. A typical pregnancy will last 280 days or 40 weeks. This method will need to be adjusted for women with shorter or longer cycles.
12 Parikh’s Formula
We love Parikh’s formula because it does not assume all women have the same 28 day menstrual cycle. We know that is not the case and all women are different. Again, we will need the first day of the last menstrual period. Add 9 months to that day. Next, add the length of your average cycle and finally subtract 21 days. For example, if your cycle is 35 days, here is how we calculate Parikh’s Formula.
If the date of the last menstrual period is January 1, 2017 we add 9 months taking us to October 1, 2017. Add 35 days (or length of cycle) taking us to November 4, 2017. The last step is to subtract 21 days which gives us October 14, 2017 as the baby's estimated due date.
When we used the same LMP day with Naegele’s rule the due date was a week earlier. It's hard to says what's “normal” as every individual woman is unique. According to Baby Center UK, a normal menstrual cycle can be as short as 22 days or as long as 36 days.
11 Gestational Wheel Calculator
Gestational Wheels claim to be the most accurate pregnancy calculator on the market. They are often used by medical professionals to determine an expected delivery date. This is a small durable piece of plastic that can help us determine the baby's due date, but guess what? We still need to know the approximate date of the last menstrual period!
The Gestational Wheels can go far beyond determining the baby's due date. They can be used as a helpful guide during the course of pregnancy. They can give an estimate of the baby's length and weight. The Gestational Wheels can also be used as a reminder for ultrasound checks and give suggested times for testing such as the Alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) test, Hemoglobin(HBG) test, Hematocrit (HCT), and Glucose (GGT) screening.
An added bonus to purchasing a Gestational Wheel from gestationalwheel.com is that a portion of all the proceeds are donated to the Lifetime Adoption Foundation.
10 Nesting Near The End
It's an old wives tale that once nesting sets in - labor is on its way. Nesting refers the sudden urge a pregnant woman has to clean and organize the house. It's a natural instinct for a mother to feel the need to prepare just before the baby's arrival. Also keep in mind that not all women will experience nesting.
The nesting instinct near the end of pregnancy can be real. What To Expect reported that pregnant moms-to-be will naturally have an increased amount of adrenaline in week 38 or 39 of pregnancy. This new energy can be very useful to help prepare for baby's arrival. We were given our estimated date of delivery, but like we've said before, give or take two weeks. When the nesting instinct kicks in near the end of pregnancy it might help us pinpoint when the big moment is coming. When you feel the sudden burst of energy, remember the baby is not far behind.
9 Full Moon
Another old wives tale is that the babies and the crazies come out when there is a full moon. If your due date is close to the date of a full moon, then some people will say to expect for the baby to come out with the full moon. This theory believes that if the moon's gravitational pull is strong enough to control the tides then it can affect a woman's body. There is no scientific proof to this theory, but if you ask an emergency room employee or someone from labor and delivery, many of them will believe wholeheartedly that the babies come with the full moon.
The Bump reported that some of the medical staff in a Sacramento, California hospital pointed to the full moon to explain the 45 births in 48 hours. A surge of babies like that does get people urning for an answer. If your due date is near the full moon be ready, but don't be disappointed if it doesn't happen.
8 Follow The Ring
No, we're not talking about the horror mystery movie starring Naomi Watts. The ring test is one of the oldest folk tales used to figure out the gender of the baby. This test can supposedly sense the sex of the baby and the ring will move a certain way to let us know. You might find it exciting and fun or it might freak you out, but hey this test has a 50/50 chance of being right! Here's how it's done.
To perform this old wives tale simply take your wedding ring (engagement rings or promise rings work as well) and tie a 12 inch string to it. Sit or lay down and hold the ring over your pregnant belly. Hold as still as possible and let the ring move itself. If the ring moves side to side the tale says it's a girl. If the ring moves in a circular motion then the tale suggests a boy!
7 Food Cravings
It's common knowledge that pregnant women can have some wacky food cravings - But is there more to these cravings than we think? The old wives must have been onto something because another tale that has been around for centuries is that the food you crave can predict the gender of the baby. This can be a fun game to predict the baby's gender, but don't use it as a reliable source for determining the sex of the baby.
It is said that girls are sweet, and when the pregnant mom-to-be is craving sweets, it's a girl! Candy, cookies and ice cream will just get us started. If you find yourself grabbing all things sweet off the grocery store shelves and throwing them into the cart, there's a good chance you can paint the nursery pink. Maybe this tale came from the old saying “girls are sweeter than boys.”
Protein, salty and sour are all the things you will crave if you're having a boy according to the old wives. If a big juicy burger with a side of pickles and lemonade sounds perfect, paint the nursery blue!
6 A Watermelon Or A Basketball?
From the moment of conception we will start hearing a lot of fruit references. The baby is as big as a blueberry, a grape, a lemon and so on. By the end of the pregnancy we might be sick of all the fruit references, especially when people are comparing our belly to a watermelon. On the plus side, the shape of our belly can sometimes help determine the gender.
The old wives believe if you are carrying high, it's a girl. The belly will look longer and more of an oval shape or a watermelon in the case of a girl. The mom-to-be will gain weight all over and especially through the middle. Word of advice, don't tell a pregnant woman she “looks like she's having a girl” as it can be offensive.
If you are carrying low, it's a boy. Moms who are carrying a boy will have a round belly and it might look like they have a basketball under their shirt. The lucky boy moms are said to gain weight only in their belly. I can assure you this is not always true as I have two boys and gained weight all over.
5 Baking Soda Test
Going through routines and rituals when we’re pregnant can be fun. The baking soda test is another way parents can excitedly guess the gender of their baby. The test itself is easy and harmless. Don't forget, there's a 50/50 chance it will be right!
Simply put a tablespoon or two of baking soda into a cup and add some urine from the mom-to-be. If the mixture bubbles up and fizzes like a pop that has been shaken then that's a sign of a boy. If there is no reaction at all when you add the urine to the baking soda then that's a sign of a girl.
It's not always proven correct, but there is some suggested science behind this method. The baby changes some of the hormones in the mother's body, which may change some of the acid in her urine. More acid equals more bubbles which again points to a boy.
4 Morning Sickness
The presence or absence of morning sickness can help predict the baby's gender. Most experts believe this is a false statement. However, according to Baby Med, studies have found that of women with morning sickness severe enough to put them in the hospital, a little over half of them delivered girls. Maybe there is some truth to the idea that morning sickness comes with girls.
There is no scientific evidence to prove exactly what causes morning sickness. It's been thought that the elevated hormone levels can cause women to get sick. Baby Med stated, “at least one study found that women carrying a female fetus had higher HCG hormones than when carrying a male.” If this is true, it could help explain why morning sickness is common when carrying a female baby. However, we know there are also plenty of moms out there who had their fair share of morning sickness while pregnant with a baby boy.
3 Beauty Or The Beast?
The old wives believe that the gender of the baby can be determined by the mother's appearance. Do all the pregnant women out there a favor and don’t use this method when you're trying to guess the gender. Odds are someone will get offended.
If the mom-to-be is glowing and looking better than ever, it is thought that she will have a boy. Another side effect some women will see with boys is a widened nose. But it is also thought that when pregnant with a boy the mother will gain less weight or carry her weight in her belly.
The old wives tale suggests that a baby girl will steal her mother's beauty. The mom-to-be will be left with acne and extra weight all over her body. The mother might not feel like herself when she looks in the mirror, but it's a small price to pay when the end result is holding a beautiful baby girl.
Intelligender is an at home gender prediction test. It is a simple urine test that will give you an immediate gender prediction result. The test is under $30 and can be purchased online or at a drug store such as Walgreens, CVS, or Rite Aid. The results are an easy to read color match. The color green will show up for boys and orange will show up girl girls. This test can be used as early as 10 weeks, but it does NOT take the place of a pregnancy test.
The results are not 100% accurate. This test is meant to be a fun experiment for pregnant women. It's recommended that you do not use the test if inaccurate results may cause any emotional stress. A woman with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) will likely receive a “BOY” result. Other factors like medications, time of day, and recent intercourse can also affect this test. Follow the directions precisely to receive the most accurate results.
Without a doubt, an ultrasound is the best way to determine pregnancy and gender. It's one of the few prenatal procedures mothers look forward to. If you don't know the first day of your last menstrual period (LMP) then an ultrasound will be done to determine an approximate due date. An ultrasound done in the first trimester will show off the baby's heart rate, umbilical cord, placenta and size. It might look more like a white blob than a baby at this point.
In a second trimester ultrasound between 18-20 weeks we can see a real baby! There will be distinct features on the head and face, we can find the arms and legs, and the doctor will look at the heart, spine and abdomen. This is also when many women like to find out the gender of their baby. Ultrasounds are an amazing thing, but even they can not always tell the gender of a baby. The ultrasound technician might ask the mother to walk around or rock on all fours to get the baby moving. If your baby decides to cross its legs or turn around showing us only their butt, you may have to make an extra ultrasound appointment to find out what your having.